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The Search for Belle Prater Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Search for Belle Prater, by Ruth White Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth White Narrator: Alison Elliott Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Belle Prater Series Release Date:
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Belle Prater is missing. Since she inexplicably disappeared about a year ago, her son, Woodrow, has been living with his grandparents, next door to his cousin Gypsy. The two are best friends, joined by their adventurous sprits and shared love of stories and magic.

One night they receive a puzzling phone call, which provides a clue that sends Gypsy and Woodrow on a mission to find Belle. Joining them is Cassie Caulborne, the new girl in school, who, like Woodrow and Gypsy, has experienced the loss of a parent. She is also endowed with a valuable gift: she knows things, things that happened in the past and reveal themselves to her in dreams. Their quest leads them out of their sheltered life in Coal Station, Virginia, and eventually back to Woodrow’s home in Crooked Ridge.

On the road they meet new people with their own stories to tell. One is Joseph, who has to sit at the back of the bus because he is black. The young people join him in the rear and learn that he, too, is on a search: for his father. They help one another to find what they’re looking for and gain friendship along the way.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Kesha | 2/12/2014

    " I did not expect the splendid original to garner a sequel since Woodrow's explanation of Belle's disappearance was a sound one. White did a great job of continuing the story while maintaining the appeal of the beloved first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Emily | 1/25/2014

    " Not as good as the first. Still entertaining, but I thought, a bit contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Tina | 12/2/2013

    " You won't be dissappointed by this sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Lola | 11/21/2013

    " I'm giving this a strong 3.5. A wonderful sequel, however, I wanted a stronger presence of the two main characters Woodrow and Gypsy. "

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About the Author

Ruth White is the author of Sweet Creek Holler, an ALA Notable Book; Weeping Willow, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Belle Prater’s Boy, a Newbery Honor Book.

About the Narrator

Alison Elliott is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress, who is best known for her roles in feature films such as Underneath, The Spitfire Grill, The Wings of the Dove, and Birth.